An impressive and incredibly unique super-telephoto, the Canon RF 600mm f/11 IS STM is an especially compact and lightweight lens considering its long focal length. Featuring a retractable design and a fixed f/11 aperture, this lens's sleek profile makes handheld super-tele shooting a very real possibility, and optical image stabilization further helps to achieve sharp imagery when working in difficult lighting conditions. Also contributing to the reduced size is a distinct optical layout, which uses gapless dual-layer diffractive optics instead of multiple heavier individual elements, which also effectively controls color fringing and chromatic aberrations for high clarity. Complementing this design is an STM stepping motor that delivers quick and quiet autofocus performance that is suitable for both stills and video needs. Additionally, a Control Ring is also integrated into the lens design for intuitive control over exposure settings from the lens itself. If you need more reach, the 600mm is compatible with the 1.4x and 2x RF Extenders for an effective focal length of 840mm or 1200mm, respectively.
- RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
- Fixed f/11 Aperture
- Retractable, Locking Lens Barrel
- Gapless Dual-Layer Diffractive Optics
Canon RF 600mm f/11 IS STM Overview
Canon RF 600mm f/11 IS STM Specs
|Lens Mount||Canon RF|
|Lens Format Coverage||Full-Frame|
|Angle of View||4° 10'|
|Minimum Focus Distance||14.76' / 4.5 m|
|Optical Design||10 Elements in 7 Groups|
|Filter Size||82 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||3.66 x 10.61" / 93 x 269.5 mm|
|Weight||2.05 lb / 930 g|
|Package Weight||2.84 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||11.4 x 6.6 x 6.6"|
Canon RF 600mm f/11 IS STM Reviews
Good Image Quality
After a friend let me try this lens on my R7 I wound up purchasing it for myself. I use it on my R7 crop sensor camera to give me a 960mm focal length equivalent. I hope to use this for BIF. The lens must be extended for it to function. It is not weather sealed and is made of plastic. It does have 3 switches: Stabilizer on/off, AF/MF, and a focus limiter switch (full or 12m to infinity. The focus area is limited to a max of 80% (I think), due to the 600mm prime is being used on a cropped sensor camera. Pros: Lightweight, Quick AF, Compact when not in use, focus limter Cons: Plastic lens, limited focus area, not weather sealed
Great for the price.
It is, as many people have reported, a great lens for the price. I was disappointed at first trying to find focus in wooded areas with shaded or indirect lighting. I found that this lens works best if your subject is in direct sunlight. When you can manage this the sharpness is much better. All-around I would recommend this lens. A bit tricky to learn but easy enough with good quality results.
Light, Sharp long reach lens with great image stabilization
My hobby is bird photography and I have spent a lot on the big white lenses. Now that image stabilization has greatly improved as well as sensor sensitivity and noise, much slower lenses have become an attractive alternative to the big f2.8-4 lenses. I now use the strategy of a high pixel sensor (R5), selecting in body cropping (APS-C 1.6x) and the 600mm and 800mm f 11 lenses. While the f11 lenses have limitations and focusing can get sluggish in low light and contrast situations, I find the image quality they provide to be very good. The 600 is very light and significantly more compact than the 800f11. A small back pack can carry both f11 lenses leaving a 100-400 RF lens on the body. This gives a system of 100-1280 mm with no need for teleconverters which would further slow and degrade the image. I have found this an excellent alternative to the big lenses. The 600f11 is an absolute best buy.
Reach for the Sky
I've been looking at some extreme telephoto lenses and dreaming of having something I can use to get some wild shots with, this is an amazing lens! At F/11 you still get compression and Bokeh but incredible sharpness. the 600 was my first choice but if you're Strictly wanting a Birding or wildlife lens, you should consider the RF800mm instead. this is a good lens and luckily on the EOS RP I can crop in 1.6x to get 960mm but sometimes it still doesn't feel long enough even ( that's my only small complaint so far ) other than that, this is lightweight and solid enough for some spectacular images
Difficult to get used to lens.
I decided to try this lens because the 100-500 that I wanted was on back order. The optical quality of this lens is better than I expected. Image stabilization and the excellent high iso quality of R6 made the f11 not a big issue (as I was worried initially). The lens is light and easy to carry. The problem was the ability to find the object (usually a bird) in the view finder without the mechanisms of zooming out then in. It was harder than I anticipated. Once I get my 100-500 I will decide if I want to keep this lens or not.
I tried, I mean I really tried to like this. It falls so short in image sharpness. The AF is prehistoric times slow, and when it finally does focus you'll receive an image that makes you ponder the energy wasted on pushing the shutter. The minimum focusing distance on this thing was more than 20ft. I mean, c'mon geez! In each scenario I tried it was utterly disappointing. This lens is not the real deal. Do yourself a favor and save your coin for a real Telephoto Lens.
Love the lens!
I have been loving this lens, it has helped out a lot with taking wildlife photos since I can't afford the other 600mm lens. I have noticed at times when it gets more cloudy the quality isn't as great but I still love this lens and have been having fun with it!
Great performance for size/weight/price
I use the RF 600mm f11 with my EOS R mainly for birds in flight or wildlife on a sunny day. On overcast days or if the bird/animal is in the shade then the ISO has to be pumped way too high. For price, size and weight it is a great tool under the right conditions.
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